If you are organising an event to celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity, we encourage you to share your activities with us and everyone in your country. If you wish to see the information below in your official language, please send us a translation (.doc or .pdf) at iyb2010@cbd.int.

If you have videos and photos of your celebrations of the International Year of Biodiversity, please send them to us!

New Zealand

New Zealand: View the country profile

National Celebrations

New Zealand Celebrations of the International Year of Biodiversity 2010 – Final Report

New Zealand's Website for the International Year of Biodiversity

Students from the Maori immersion class at Te Kura A Rito O Newton (Newton School) in Central Auckland have won major awards as part of a nationwide photographic competition held to celebrate the 2010 United Nations International Year of Biodiversity.
WebsitePhotographsNew Zealand National Commission (UNESCO) facebook Fan Page

Dates and VenueEvent
8 - 12 February 2010
Island Invasives : Eradication and Management / Organized by University of Auckland and Landcare Research
26 February - 22 May 2010
Ō Tū Wharekai photo competition
3 - 5 March 2010
National Wetland Restoration Symposium 2010 : Wetland Management and Restoration (Freshwater and Estuarine) / Organized by New Zealand Landcare Research Trust
7 - 12 March 2010
Fifth IUFRO Meeting on Phytophthora Diseases in Forests and Natural Ecosystems / Organized by New Zealand Landcare Research
11 - 14 April 2010
Entomological Society's 59th Annual Conference : Global Entomology in New Zealand / Organized by New Zealand Landcare Research Trust / To be Opened By : Hon. Dr. Wayne Mapp, Minister of Research, Science and Technology
11 - 16 April 2010
Helping Islands Adapt workshop
16 April 2010
Auckland Seabirds: Conservation, Restoration and Research
Organized by:
University of Auckland in New Zealand
17 - 18 April 2010
BioBlitz 2010 : Finding Nature in the City / Organized by New Zealand Landcare Research Trust, in collaboration with Museum of Auckland, Department of Conservation, and Auckland City and Regional Councils
2 - 8 May 2010
Fungal Foray / Organized by New Zealand Landcare Research
22 May 2010
Celebrations for International Day for Biological Diversity
22 May - 26 November 2010
IYB Photo Competition
22 May 2010
Words on a Wing
22 May - 13 September 2010
MyBiodiversity Film competition
23 May 2010
Roam, Rove and Rediscover Kaikoura Peninsula 2010 / Organized by Kaikoura District Council and the Department of Conservation
28 July 2010
Biodiversity lecture: endangered native fish
25 August 2010
Biodiversity lecture: urban forest plan
12 - 19 September 2010
Conservation Week 2010
15 October 2010
Biodiversity Express
18 -22 October 2010
21 - 25 November 2010
2010 Annual Conference of the New Zealand Ecological Society : Biodiversity : 2010 and Beyond / Organized by New Zealand Landcare Research
29 November - 3 December 2010
Australasian Systematic Botany Society (ASBS) Conference / Organized by New Zealand Landcare Research
Activity update - Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation is leading the New Zealand government in the celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity.

Official launch
The Department announced its involvement with the International Year of Biodiversity with a media release on Friday 29 January. The media release (Appendix A) promoted the appointment of a critically endangered native parrot, a kakapo, as Spokesbird for Conservation. The Spokesbird for Conservation is a multi-level campaign involving social media, traditional media and event production to highlight New Zealand’s biodiversity.

The announcement received media coverage in New Zealand, Australia, the US, the UK, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Romania, Russia, Poland and India.

Social media activities include Twitter entries, Facebook page entries, Facebook fanpage, Youtube videos, and dialogue with online communities of interest.


  Sirocco - world's first Spokesbird for Conservation
Watch on Youtube

The Department’s involvement in the International Year of Biodiversity and information about New Zealand’s biodiversity has been published to the Department’s website .

The multi-New Zealand agency website has been updated to provide a link to the Department’s website for International Year of Biodiversity information.

Events and community engagement activities
The Department is liaising with other government agencies including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Ministry for the Environment, the Ministry of Fisheries and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and will be planning activities in association with local government, organisations such as Landcare Research and Non-Government Organisations.

In April the Department is hosting an international workshop focussing on collaboration of regions with islands around the issue of invasive species management and biodiversity protection.

Our ongoing community engagement work includes aligning our national events programme, such as World Wetlands Day, Seaweek and Arbor Day, with International Year of Biodiversity. A full list of national events is provided (Appendix B).

Conservancies and area offices around New Zealand are linking regional activities and events to the International Year of Biodiversity. Regional Events

Programme of international speakers
The Department hopes to co-host a programme of international speakers throughout the year. This programme will culminate in a forum for government and business leaders during Conservation Week 2010 (September). The programme is currently being planned and more information will be provided throughout the year.

External publications
The Department will provide a feature story about the International Year of Biodiversity for the Statistics New Zealand Yearbook 2010.

Key contacts at the Department of Conservation’s International Relations Unit:
Annie Wheeler +64 4 496 1918 awheeler@doc.govt.nz
Donna Williams +64 4 496 1961 dlwilliams@doc.govt.nz


Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd (Manaaki Whenua)

Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd (Manaaki Whenua) undertakes research and development to protect and enhance land environments – natural, productive and urban. Extensive scientific programmes include documenting, protecting and restoring indigenous biodiversity; increasing the effectiveness of conservation; and raising awareness of the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem services to our health and well-being, with a strong focus on sustainability. We are custodians of nationally-significant biological reference collections (invertebrates, plants, fungi, micro-organisms from plants) with sizable collections from the Pacific Islands. Events for 2010 will include a 24-hour “BioBlitz – finding nature in the city”.

Activities planned in 2010

Wellington Zoo

In 1906 Wellington Zoo became the first zoo in New Zealand. Over the years it has truly become part of the fabric of the city, as generation after generation has passed through our gates to visit and learn all about our wonderful animals. Our strong commitment towards animal welfare and the environment is at the heart of everything we do.

World Wildlife Fund-WWF-of New Zealand

WWF-New Zealand is part of the WWF International Network, the world's largest and most experienced independent conservation organisation. It has close to five million supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. This is achieved by working on the ground with local communities, and in partnership with government and industry, using the best possible science to advocate change and effective conservation policy.